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Drug interventions are sessions where family, friends or loved ones confront an individual they feel has a drug problem. Overdoses are a common risk for addicts. If you feel a family member or close friend is already addicted to drugs, a drug intervention is performed to help the individual break their addiction and seek out the treatment they need to recover. While some people wait until the addiction has completely taken hold of their loved ones’ life, acting early can increase the likelihood of a successful intervention and may prevent the risk of overdose in the future.

How Interventions Work

A drug intervention should be conducted by a professional drug interventionist. These individuals are highly skilled and trained in the behavior and mental patterns that occur with drug addiction. The interventionist acts like a go between. He or she can explain to the individual how their behaviors have impacted each person and will give each person time to explain their feelings to the individual too. Everyone is coached and rehearsed ahead of time, that way everyone will know how to act and what to say.

Drug interventionists tailor sessions based on:


  • The person’s situation – What led to the drug use?
  • The person’s personality – Is he a follower? A leader?
  • The person’s level addiction – Has his or her life been destroyed by the addiction? Have they just started?


Things to Consider

Drug interventions are important for helping a person seek out the medical treatment they need, but they can also be negative if they aren’t performed correctly. This is why it is crucial you use a professional drug interventionist who is experienced and credentialed. Drugs have a secret hold on a person’s mind and even their physical operations. When confronted, a person can easily back away, become hostile and even agitated. A professional will guide the flow of the session and minimize any negative feelings so that the entire session has a positive tone.

There is a reason drug interventions must be kept secret and used as a surprise. Most drug abusers refuse to admit they have an issue. When confronted, they often state other people have the issue – not them. They can lash out, protest and feel as though their casual use is being blown out of proportion.

Drug addiction and personalities vary; therefore, no two interventions are the same. An interventionist takes the time to understand how to handle addicts. They also offer an objective viewpoint that other individuals in the room cannot.


A lot of drug abusers honestly don’t realize they have a problem, which is why they can become hostile in a drug intervention. Regardless of the consequences of their use – including health risks – they feel they are not at risk for abuse and their current use level is under control. A drug intervention can help them see the issues that their use have caused, who they have impacted because of their use and help the individual admit there is a problem.

If you feel your loved one has a drug addiction problem, contact the National Alcohol and Drug Dependency Resource Center today. We have a full resource center of drug intervention information and treatment solutions in your area that can help you with your loved one’s intervention. Contact us now by calling 1-800-517-2241.